Trail

Ramapo Mountain State Park - Castle Loop

Oakland, NJ
Length: 4.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This loop is such a FUN hike!! It has a CASTLE. What more do you need??

From the gravel parking lot at the top of Skyline Drive (Across from the Smokey the Bear sign) follow the red/White trail. When you get to the red trail (Cannonball), make a right and follow it for a short period of time (If you get to Skyline Drive, you’ve gone too far). Make a left onto the white trail and follow it past the tower to the castle ruins.  Just after you start on the white trail, there is your first viewpoint. In the Winter/Spring, you can see the top of the castle from the first view.

Once you pass the castle, continue on the white trail (you have to hop over a wall when you’re leaving the castle to continue on the trail) until it ends. Follow the red trail South until it meets the Blue trail. Make a left to follow the blue trail East along the edge of Ramapo Lake. The yellow trail will join the blue when you pass the lake.  When the 2 trails split, stay on the Yellow trail and follow it North to return to the parking lot.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, and Viewpoint

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the gravel parking lot across the street from the Smokey the Bear sign. Do not park illegally. You will be ticketed.

Trail Contributor

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I’m Melanie, Branch Ambassador for HiB Ringwood & Bergen County, NJ. I hike with 4 little wildlings who love being outside as much as possible.